Former NFL Star Set to Become First to Fly to Space

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“Good Morning America” co-anchor and former NFL star Michael Strahan will fly to space on Blue Origin’s next space flight.

The Dec. 9 mission will be the third human flight this year and marks the first with a full astronaut manifest of six crew members in the capsule, according to Blue Origin.

When he was invited by Blue Origin to be a crew member, Strahan said he said yes “without hesitation.”

“I want to go to space,” he said. “I think being there at the first launch, it really was mind-blowing.”

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“I believe that this is the way of being innovative, creative, pioneers in aviation, now space travel,” said Strahan. “And it’s going to take a while but I do believe that it will bring a lot of technological breakthroughs and also innovations to us here on Earth, and I just want to be a part of it.”

Strahan began preparing for the flight just over two weeks ago, when he was measured for his flight suit and tested out a flight seat.

“To see the excitement to do this, to come together, you really feel like you’re part of a great team,” said Strahan.

As a crew member Strahan will receive a stipend but he’ll donate it to The Boys & Girls Club.

Congrats to Strahan on his forthcoming space adventure.

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